Athlete of the Week: Chad Moegenburg

Sophomore leads Chargers in tourney wins

Contributed photo Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg helped lead the Chargers to an upset victory over Bonduel on Thursday. The sophomore has reigned champion of nearly all of the tournaments that Witt-Birn has competed in this season and holds a 32-6 overall record.

Athlete: Chad Moegenburg

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 113 pounds

School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Year: Sophomore

Chad Moegenburg pinned Bonduel’s Luis Lagunes on Thursday to help lead Wittenberg-Birnamwood to victory in a CWC upset. The sophomore, who has been wrestling for 11 years, holds a 32-6 record this season and leads the Chargers with several tournament titles. Moegenburg’s highlights this season include winning his first high school tournament at the Eau Claire North Invite, clinching first place at the Merrill Bluejay Challenge and Battle of the Fox tourneys and going undefeated at the CWC multi-dual at Pittsville.

Q Where did your interest in wrestling begin?

A In kindergarten, I had never heard of it and I remember my dad showing me a newspaper ad for wrestling signups. I agreed to join, and it took off from there.

Q How does it feel clinching several first-place titles your sophomore year?

A It’s really satisfying to see all of my offseason work payoff.

Q What’s your goal as you near regionals, both personal and for the team?

A My personal goal is to make it to state this year. Last year I was one win away. Team-wise, we need to keep riding our recent success and have it carry over to regionals and sectionals.

Q What is your favorite memory so far of Witt-Birn wrestling?

A My favorite memory of Witt-Birn wrestling so far has to be our dual against Bonduel last night. We came in as underdogs and we never felt that way.

Q What do you think contributes to you being a strong wrestler as a sophomore?

A I’ve been very lucky to have amazing coaches around me for my entire career and they want to see us wrestle to the best of our abilities.

Q What have you done in the offseason to establish yourself on the varsity team?

A I’ve been going to the weight room on a daily basis in the summer, along with attending a few wrestling camps and practices.

Q Was there a victory this season that was the most satisfying for you?

A My first place match in Eau Claire was my favorite victory this year. It was my first high school tournament win.

Q What athlete do you look up to?

A I look up to Ben Provisor (U.S. Olympic wrestler), because I’ve gotten a chance to know him on a personal level and he’s very humble.

Q Do you have any pre-match rituals?

A I always go in our wrestling room and sleep or listen to music.

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” — Tim Notke